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Should New Hampshire let adults aged 18 to 21 drink with a parent?

Jul 05, 2017

New Hampshire legislators have considered allowing adults between age 18 and 21 to drink under the supervision of a parent or guardian, but no bill has passed. Read more about this issue here. 

"Should New Hampshire let adults aged 18 to 21 drink with a parent?"

Drinking Age New Hampshire Citizen Voices Chart

Participation: 527 participants gave 956 responses.

A total of 88% of those participating gave a ‘yes or no’ response to the question. The remaining 12% of participants engaged in the discussion but did not give a ‘yes or no’ response. In total, 527 individuals from New Hampshire contributed a total of 956 responses or reactions to this question. Click here for details on our methodology.

What Participants Said

Yes: A strong majority of ‘yes or no’ respondents, at 85%, were in favor of allowing adults between age 18 and 21 to drink alcohol under the supervision of a parent or guardian. 

  • “Yes, if under supervision. Teen binge drinking and teen alcoholism has gone down in the 45 states that allow [drinking under] adult supervision.”
  • “Yes. Teach them to drink responsibly before they leave home, and it won't be such a big deal when they're on their own.”
  • “I grew up when 18 was legal. If you can serve in the military and vote then having a drink with family is fine.”

No: A minority of ‘yes or no’ respondents, at 15%, were opposed to of allowing adults between age 18 and 21 to drink alcohol under the supervision of a parent or guardian.   

  • “I'm going with no simply because the brain hasn't finished developing at 18.”
  • “Aren't there enough alcohol related problems already without lowering  the drinking age?”
  • “I say we have it all backwards. Science has shown maturity is reached at 21 years. This ought to be the age of legal adulthood - including voting, military service, marriage, drinking.”

Other: As noted above, 12% of those participating did not give a ‘yes or no’ response, instead addressing their comments to related questions and issues. These included:  

  • Marijuana policy: “Legalizing pot would be safer.”
  • Alcohol consumption: “I do not see any need to drink… I don’t need my mind altered to deal with life.”
  • Alternative policies: “I would keep [allowing it] to just military men and women.”

*Editor selection of actual participant quotes. 

Comments

John Lemay
- MANCHESTER

Wed, 07/26/2017 - 12:18pm

Comment: 

Yes. Parents need to parent their children not the govt. What people do in their own home ia there bussiness.

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